More than 60 academically outstanding Rend Lake College students were inducted Tuesday, March 16, into Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college scholastic honor fraternity, at a ceremony held in the RLC Theatre.
Membership in PTK is available to full-time students who achieve a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better. Phi Theta Kappa is the community college equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa.
Rend Lake College boasts a charter for a local chapter (Rho Xi) of Phi Theta Kappa. According to the organization’s Web site, the mission of PTK is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters. It is estimated that 200,000 students participate in Phi Theta Kappa programs each year. Annually, more than 90,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa.
Inductees from Rend Lake College for 2004 are:
Ashley -- Emily Pytlinski;
Benton -- Viki Alarcon; Sarah Dixon; Julie Gwaltney; Trinity Hargett; Bethany Johnston; Richard Logsdon; Adam Nagreski; William Otterson; Laura Richardson; Brian Rick; Larry Shipp; Amy Ward;
Bluford -- Mallory Adams; Sara Braddock;
Christopher -- Chrystal Manning;
Dahlgren -- Sandra Daily-Aydt; Krystle Rush;
Ewing -- Brittany Payne;
Flora -- Brittany Schafer;
Goreville -- Rachel Billingsley;
Johnston City -- Holly Cargal;
Marion -- Lindsay Grant; Kyla Parker;
McLeansboro -- Holly Barker; Marilee Beck; Lindsay Hughes; Casey Rhine; Jennifer Steele;
Mt. Vernon -- Christopher Andrews; Jessica Bevis; Lyndsey Fuller; Christopher Howard; Tamara Jones; Megan Knapp; Megan Kniffen; Andrea Kroetz; Amber Leahy; Jessica Lee; Ashley Marlow; Rebecca Newton; Tracy Palmer; Julianne Richard; Aaron Sands; Talitha Simms;
Nashville -- Heather Guest; Ashley Schaeffer;
Pinckneyville -- Geoffrey Hubbard; Brittany Lee; Kendra Heisner;
Scheller -- Melissa Loyd;
Sesser -- Shane Garner; Kate Schwartzkopf;
Sims -- Andrea Taylor;
Texico -- Jake Frazier; Marsha Ward;
Thompsonville -- William Robinson;
Tilden -- April Gibson;
Vienna -- Brandi Funburg;
Waltonville -- Gayla Rathe; Jessica Linville;
Wayne City -- Kurtis Blank; Amy Blasdel; Ashley Blasdel; Holly Weber;
Whittington -- Nicole Adams.